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For many peoples, Odessa is, first of all, a city by the sea. However, not many of them are aware of the fact that parks and green areas occupy a significant part of the area of the city. Just imagine: in the near-Black Sea steppes, with the almost complete absence of trees, over the more than two hundred year history of the city, appeared so many areas with greenery. Odessa gardening is a huge work, which has been made by Odessa residents for several hundred years…
It`s easy to guess that the seedlings here had to be brought. In the distant times of the first decades of the city, they were transported by sea – from Italy and France, or by carriage – by land. One of the first who thoroughly approached the problem of gardening in Odessa was the Duke De Richelieu, a monument to which is now on Primorsky Boulevard. Thanks to him, over time, Odessa became the city of Acacias. The duke specially ordered trees from Italy and France, so that the first inhabitants of Odessa and guests of the city would be pleased to walk through the streets. In addition, the trees helped to save Odessa from the cavernous storms.
The first “green” territories in Odessa were «City Gardens» and «Dyukovsky Gardens». In the summer, they helped the first inhabitants of Odessa to protect themselves from the roasting steppe sun, and in winter – from the piercing wind. The first botanical garden was planted when the city was only 25 years old, which means almost 200 years ago. In those days, it was located in the area of the modern Lermontov sanatorium. Now it can be visited on French Boulevard, but – by appointment.
The pace of greening went much faster with the advent of the aqueduct in Odessa. It happened in 1873. Then it was the longest and most high-tech in Europe.

Today Odessa is a city with a lot of trees, squares, boulevards. The territory of all green spaces is 54 square kilometers or about a quarter of the entire territory of the city. Today, the largest “green islands” of «South Palmyra» are located in the City Garden, Istanbul and Greek parks, 6 parks of culture and recreation, in the Hydropark in Luzanovka and in 26 squares. Also in the city there is a “health route”, along which there are also green areas, boulevards and streets. On a hot summer day, you definitely can hide under their shadow…